This inter-disciplinary, service-learning study-abroad course examines the current migration crisis in Europe, which has fundamentally affected and transformed the European continent. In particular Germany has emerged as the political core of the crisis. This interdisciplinary study-abroad trip to southern Germany/Munich will engage students with the immediate social complexity of the integration of migrants in Germany.
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This seems so final.
We've been home for over two months and I continue to learn lessons from the experiences gained in Munich. I have a presentation of my experience which I've shared with a couple dozen people so far. In the presentation, I showcase facts and figures learned from the Housing Office of Munich, from the various guides, and showcase my experience with Caritas social workers - Astrid, Urs, and Barbara.
Here's a picture of the most recent presentation - at my home church, St. Tim's Lutheran Church in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Teaching others is often a valuable way to learn the real takeaways - the good stuff. I think because I've gone through my experience several times in this formal way - it marinates deeper every time - and I continue to find connections and lessons. Today for example, in church the lesson was about God and Moses - how Moses's journey all began because he turns his head toward the burning bush. That's all he has to do. That simple gesture of acknowledgment and BAM he's at the beginning of his story. Please, don't read that I'm proselytizing here - I'm not. The analogy of turning our heads to really see each other is powerful. It's so scary. Really truly I get it. It's easy for me to not turn my head towards the immigrants and migrants coming across the border to my home, New Mexico. To not turn my head to the refugees facing deportation or the fear of being caught because they are "illegal". How do we help? We turn our heads and acknowledge them. I turn my head towards you and you turn your head towards me - to hold us both of accountable to help our brothers and sisters.
Below is what I've deemed, "The International Symbol of Social Work". It's a picture of a commonly found comic which I've seen in many social worker's offices and work areas - and this copy is no different - found in a case management office in a Caritas settlement facility in Munich. The text reads, "Never give up!" I feel it's fitting for this moment of reflection - while the Western world's politics seems against helping our fellow human beings - we must never give up. We must always turn our heads to acknowledge and see each other.
Master's of Social Work & Master's of Public Health Student - NMSU
Welcome to our 2017 Service-Learning Study-Abroad trip to Munich July 18-28, 2017.
service-learning study-abroad course examines the current migration "crisis" in
Europe, which has fundamentally affected and transformed the European
continent. In particular Germany has emerged as the political core of the
"crisis." This interdisciplinary study-abroad trip to southern Germany/Munich
will engage students with the immediate social complexity of the integration of
migrants in Germany. The service-learning component of this study-abroad course
will allow students to actively participate in current integration processes in
the field. Students will shadow and assist local non-profit groups/state
agencies in their efforts to guide migrants and refugees through the various
stages of the integration process. Additionally, students will attend seminars
and workshops to engage with local think-tanks, state and non-state agencies to
learn about the h…
One of my favorite shots; taken during an early morning run through the park of Schloss Nymphenburg last June 2016.
Nymphenburg Palace owes its foundation as a summer residence to the birth of the long-awaited heir to the throne, Max Emanuel, who was born in 1662 to the Ferdinand Maria and his wife, Henriette Adelaide of Savoy.
When Bavaria became a kingdom, in the early nineteenth century, Nymphenburg resumed its important function e.g. the residence of Maximilian IV Joseph, who, as Maximilian I Joseph, was the first King of Bavaria (reigned 1806–25).
In subsequent years the palace remained a favorite residence of the Bavarian royal family. The famous/infamous King Ludwig II of Bavaria (reigned 1864-1886) - also called the Märchenkönig or the Mad King Ludwig - was born there on 25 August 1845.
He has left an architectural legacy in his series of elaborate castles built throughout Bavaria, including Neuschwanstein, Lindenhof, and Herrenchiemsee. King Ludwig was a passionate …
Many of my thoughts towards the Munich trip root directly to
my upbringing and experience of living in southern New Mexico. My step-dad was a soldier in the German Air
Force, and was stationed to Alamogordo, New Mexico- a little city in the
Tularosa Basin right at the foot of the Sacramento Mountains, and known regionally
for White Sands, pistachios, and a fascinating space museum. In this little
city, you will likely hear English, Spanish and German spoken every day. Because
of Alamogordo’s small, but sizeable German population, there is a German school
for children of German soldiers, a few German shops and companies, and once a
year in the fall a large Oktoberfest celebration on the base. This little city
has always allowed me to retain a piece of my German culture and identity while
growing up in southern New Mexico- a place very unlike anything you’d see in Germany.
In college, I found a passion for education and social
justice. I took …